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including the Safe Return to School and Continuity of Services Plan 2021
Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls

Board Members

Liz Buchman is an active community volunteer with a specific focus on serving disadvantaged children.  She helped develop and leads a partnership and tutoring program at Monroe Elementary School; teaches art enrichment programs at Central Institute for the Deaf and has worked with teams of students for projects at Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls and City Academy.  Liz is on the board of Temple Israel and serves as team leader for agency site visits for the Spirit of St Louis Women’s Fund.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business with a degree in Human Resource Management.  Professionally, Liz spent 15 years in corporate banking as a Vice President at PNC in Pittsburgh and , after relocating to North Carolina, served as Human Resource Manager for Fleet Feet Corporation and Director of Community Relations for the Family House at UNC Hospital.  An artist at heart, Liz has lived and sold artwork and commissioned murals in Pasadena, CA ; Miami, FL ; and Chapel Hill, NC.  All of the moves were related to the medical career of her husband, Craig, who is currently Head of the ENT Department at Washington University School of Medicine.  The day Liz moved to St. Louis in August 2015 , she heard about Hawthorn and knew she had to find a way to contribute to the girls’ success.

Rachana Creeth is currently the Group Vice President of Finance for Packaging within Barry-Wehmiller, a local family owned company based in St. Louis, Missouri.  Rachana has a breadth of financial and operational experience in large companies such as General Electric and Johnson & Johnson.  She was also recently the Head of School for an independent elementary school in Chesterfield where she was responsible for all aspects of running the school operations as well as growing enrollment.  Rachana is a strategic thinker and also a process-oriented finance professional who is trained Six Sigma Blackbelt and also the graduate of an intense corporate audit program.  She is a member of the Hawthorn Board finance committee, has served on the Board of Directors at Chesterfield Day School and is also a Trustee for the Hawthorn Foundation Board.  Rachana was born in India, spent her childhood years in Africa and England and moved to the St. Louis area as a middle schooler.  She earned her BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Harold (Hal) Davies currently serves as COO and VP of Finance for the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and has over 35 years of experience in accounting, finance, and executive management. Hal joined the Danforth Center in 2001 helping to lead the development and growth of the Center from inception to a leading Plant Science Institution. Prior to joining the Danforth Center Hal was the Corporate Controller of the Alper Ink Group and prior to that, he spent nine years at Huttig Distribution, a national distributor of building products as their Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. Hal started his career with the Public Accounting firm of Deloitte in their audit practice and worked in the firm’s executive offices in New York. A native of St Louis (Bridgeton), Hal obtained a BS in Accounting at UMSL, has his CPA Certificate, and graduated from the Executive MBA Program at Washington University with honors in 1995. He most recently completed the Leadership St Louis Program (Class 39), and is currently a member of the Board of St Francis Community Services. Hal has two daughters and three step-sons and currently resides in University City with his wife Monique.

Edes Powell Gilbert began her teaching career in the public elementary schools of Amherst, Massachusetts, moving into independent education through a variety of teaching and administrative positions in schools in the Boston area. She served as Headmistress of Mary Institute, an all-girls’ school in St Louis, for 7 years and was then Head of School at The Spence School in New York City for 15 years. Some of her volunteer work included serving on the Board of Lesley University, including a 4-year term as President; serving on the New York Advisory Board of Teach for America for 10 years; and fulfilling leadership roles in several professional, educational associations. Edes served as Acting President of Independent Education Services and was one of the founders of Resource Group 175, an educational consulting firm, of which she was President for 5 years and to which she still belongs. Edes currently serves on the Board of MICDS and Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

Mil Galvin is a senior vice president and senior partner in the Talent Development group at FleishmanHillard, one of the world’s leading global communications agencies. She has led various regional and functional responsibilities during her more than twenty year tenure, including learning and development, employee relations, recruiting and benefit administration. Currently, Mil provides human resources leadership for offices in St. Louis, Detroit and Washington, DC., and co-leads the company’s global diversity and inclusion initiatives. Mil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from Fontbonne University in St. Louis. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Joseph Housing Initiative and is the president of the Charitable Women’s Club, Inc. She also volunteers on the YWCA development committee, and was previously the co-chair of their Leader Lunch Selection Committee. Mil is a graduate of Focus Leadership St. Louis.

Sara Goellner has been employed with World Wide Technology for almost two decades, leading different teams and enterprise-wide initiatives. World Wide Technology began as a small technology start up and now is a global systems integrator for Fortune 100 clients. Sara’s roles have focused on establishing the company as a thought leader in technology and innovation. She has served in positions including Director of IT Governance, Senior Business Development and Marketing Manager, and now Chief of Staff to the CEO. Sara received her undergraduate degree and MBA from Washington University in St Louis.

Angell Farley Jackson has worked in human resources for Watlow for over 12 years, both a senior human resources generalist and now as a human resources manager. Watlow provides best-in-class engineering expertise and leading thermal products that enable its customers to thrive. The company, and all of its team members, is committed to a larger purpose and provides innovative thermal solutions that help clean the air, power the globe, connect people worldwide and ensure food quality and medical device safety. On behalf of Watlow, Angell works with a variety of companies on recruitment strategies including the Center for Head Injuries, which awarded Watlow with an Employer of the Year award in 2016. Angell also serves on Watlow’s STEM team. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in management.

Kathryn Love, Board Chair, is the General Counsel of Capacity, a growing start-up technology business in St. Louis.  In addition, Kathryn has worked for 26 years in the business law section of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, an international law firm, where she is a co-Leader of the firm’s Higher Education Team.  She works primarily on transactions and with non-profits, entrepreneurs and growth-oriented businesses. She has served on the Boards of Directors of The Magic House - St. Louis Children's Museum (Chair 2010-12), Forsyth School (Independent school PreK-grade 6), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, Pedal the Cause and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In 2003, Kathryn was recognized as a “40 Under 40” by the St. Louis Business Journal. Kathryn attended a girls’ school from first through twelfth grade and is a graduate of Princeton University and Hastings College of Law.

Alex Pearson is Vice President of IT at Cigna/Express Scripts. Alex moved to the United States from London in 1999, initially working in San Francisco before moving to St Louis in 2004.  His career has focused on all aspects of implementing and maintaining technology: software engineering, infrastructure and operations. Having spent 15 years delivering systems for Financial service industry, Alex joined Express Scripts in 2010 and has continued to have a broad set of roles.  He is currently responsible for Global Identity and User Experience.  Alex graduated from the University of South Wales with a degree in Information Systems in Business.

Tim Rowbottom AIA, LEED AP, NCARB leads Lawrence Group’s higher education practice. Tim joined Lawrence Group in 2003. Since joining the firm, he has focused on academic projects encompassing early childhood programs through complex higher education platforms. He serves as a board member at the Forsyth School and is a past member of the board of Confluence Academy, a charter school in St. Louis. Tim has managed over $350,000M in academic projects encompassing programs ranging from 2,500 s.f. to over 250,000 s.f. He completed the design for the renovation of Grand Center Arts Academy, a 120,000 s.f. Charter School for the Arts. Tim is currently directing the efforts to restore the 1904 Academic Hall at Southeast Missouri State University and is leading the design of John Burroughs School Performing Arts & Athletic Center.

Mary Stillman is the Founder of Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls and was, until July 2018, the school’s Executive Director. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Hawthorn Leadership School Foundation, which raises funds to support the school. Mary graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School. After practicing law for several years in Washington, D.C, she moved back to Missouri where she had spent her childhood. Mary worked at Washington University, first as an Assistant Dean focusing on freshman programming and later teaching a freshman seminar on the Bill of Rights. She serves on the Boards of Trustees of Washington University, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and december literary magazine. She serves on the vestry of her church and is a member of the National Council of the Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University and the National Advisory Board of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, also at Washington University. Mary and her husband Tom have three children, John, Isabelle and Anna.

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